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Business Relief Payments (For Restaurants, Bars, Gyms, and Bowling Centers) – administered by Department of Revenue (DOR)

Program Highlights
  • Eligible business owners do not need to take action
Eligible Businesses
  • This program provides direct payments to eligible businesses required to temporarily close or reduce services in November under Executive Order 20-99

Program Requirements
  • Be located in Minnesota
  • Had a minimum of $10,000 taxable sales in 2019
  • Filed monthly or quarterly Sales Tax Returns in 2019 and 2020
  • As of November 1, 2020, had filed all sales tax returns through September 2020
  • Experienced a 30% drop in year-over-year taxable sales (April – September)
Relief Payment Amounts
  • Eligible businesses will receive payments based on their Unemployment Insurance data. The amount depends on their average number of employees for the period of November 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020. The payments are considered taxable income. Eligible small businesses not in the state Unemployment Insurance program will receive payments of $10,000.
Employees (Full- and Part-Time) Payment Amount
1 – 20           $15,000
21 – 100       $25,000
101 – 300     $35,000
301 or more  $45,000
 
Payment Process
  • MN DOR will determine what businesses are eligible and their aid amount based on their sales tax and unemployment records as of November 1, 2020
  • Eligible businesses will be notified through their e-Services account by December 31, 2020. Businesses do not need to apply.
  • Payments will be made to eligible businesses in early January 2021, to the mailing address on their Sales Tax account. Electronic payments are not available for this program.
Additional Information

Minnesota Convention Center Relief Program – administered by DEED

Program Highlights
  • Temporary program established to provide economic relief for convention centers adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The program will make grants of up to $500,000 to eligible convention centers located in Minnesota
  • All convention centers interested in receiving a relief grant must submit a completed application
  • Applications will be available on January 5, 2021
Eligible Businesses
  • Is an indoor multi-purpose convention center with a capacity of 1,500 people or more, that is not part of a hotel, university, or retail mall, and is not primarily a music venue or theater
  • Is used primarily as a facility to host large meetings or conventions, or is a large regional multi-purpose facility used for large meetings or conventions outside the Twin Cities metro area
  • Has experienced a decline in overall revenue between 2019 and 2020 of 30% or more measured by revenue in the second and third quarters of each year
  • Has been directly impacted by Governor’s Executive Order No. 20-99 and is not exempt from that order
  • Has a physical location in the state of Minnesota
  • Has no current tax liens on record with the MN Secretary of State as of the time of application
Additional Information
For more information and to access an application form, visit:

Minnesota Movie Theater Relief Grant Program – administered by DEED

Program Highlights
  • Temporary program established to provide economic relief for movie theaters adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The program will make grants of up to $150,000 to eligible movie theaters located in Minnesota
  • All movie theaters interested in receiving a relief grant must submit a completed application
  • Applications will be available on January 5, 2021
Eligible Businesses
  • Is a movie theater that has at least one (1) permanent indoor auditorium for viewing films for entertainment by the general public who attend by the purchase of an individual ticket to view a specific non-adult-oriented film
  • Has had at least $15,000 in ticket sales in 2019
  • Has experienced a decline in overall sales between 2019 and 2020 of 30% or more measured by sales in the second and third quarters of each year
  • Has been directly impacted by Governor’s Executive Order No. 20-99 and is not exempt from that order
  • Has a physical location in the state of Minnesota
  • Has no current tax liens on record with the MN Secretary of State as of the time of application
Additional Information
For more information and to access an application form, visit: